ARCHITECTURAL LANDMARKS AND THE EVOLVING IMAGE OF PERTH CITY

  • YEAR
    2014
  • AUTHORS
    Pages-Oliver, Rachel
  • CATEGORIES
    2014 Conference Papers
    Architecture & Social Research

Extract

This paper draws upon the theory of Kevin Lynch in The Image of the City (1960) to explore how landmark architecture can af-fect how a city is represented as it evolves over time. Using Perth, Western Australia, as a case study, diagrammatic plans and elevations are drawn to identify how the identity of the city changes during the city’s evolution. The research revealed that Perth’s architecture re-volves around the discoveries of mineral deposits in Western Australia and the ensuing economic impacts. This led to the identification of five stages within the history of Perth, which include settlement, gold rush, depression, minerals boom, and mining boom. The most iconic architectural landmarks during each of the five stages are then used to analyse the image of the city. The image of the city is discussed by Kevin Lynch (1960) as a fixed point in time, however this paper ex-plores the notion that as the city evolves so too does its image.

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